What’s behind outstate Republicans’ new concern for big-city safety?

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The tug of war between Twin Cities legislators and their outstate colleagues is older than the state itself. St. Peter fought to move the territorial capital from St. Paul in 1851, seven years before statehood. St. Paul remained the capital city thanks to a trick that Roger Stone would be proud of. A bill making St. Peter the capital was

Open memory trunks, take a trip to the past

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Last week my time machine landed smack-dab in the middle of the past. What a happy but sometimes sad trip it was –- happy because those days, those decades, were brimming with such good times; sad because so many people I knew once upon a time are now departed. Too many school chums, friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors. Gone. My parents,

Primary endangers voter privacy, participation

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With the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses finally counted, the 2020 presidential primary season is in full swing. The Democratic front-runners look to be Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Following closely behind is our state’s own Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden trail farther behind. Donald Trump, with no major

Senators deliver crown: All hail, King Donald!

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Like fawning courtiers, U.S. Senators just handed over a crown: All hail, King Donald! That impeachment nontrial was a very dark day for America. The jaw-dropping moment of the farce came when Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz flailed his arms like a wind-up toy in his pretzel logic, which goes like this: In the Ukraine scheme, Trump was merely trying

Impeachment deserves a fair hearing

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During the last few months, our country has been in the middle of a process of historical significance, the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Beginning with the revelations about military aid to Ukraine and a July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelesnky, further developments have embroiled the Trump Administration in an investigation of massive proportions. While it is